Inclusion Economics

Inclusion Economics Nepal is an initiative affiliated with Inclusion Economics at Yale University, founded and based out of the Yale Economic Growth Center and MacMillan Center. Inclusion Economics Nepal is based at, and accountable to, Nepal’s Governance Lab at the Daayitwa Abhiyaan. Inclusion Economics Nepal collaborates with the Inclusion Economics at Yale University team to enable inclusive economies and societies through research and policy engagement.

Inclusion Economics at Yale University is a policy-engaged research initiative based out of the Economic Growth Center and the MacMillan Center, collaborating with Inclusion Economics India Centre at IFMR and Inclusion Economics Nepal at Governance Lab – as well as colleagues at other universities. The initiative builds on a number of multi-year studies and policy engagements that began at Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School, as well as new projects. Program-affiliated hub offices based outside of Yale are independent research centers accountable to their home institutions.

How can we use policy to include the excluded?

Healthy societies promote inclusion by distributing power and opportunity equitably, rather than reinforcing traditional exclusion and bias. Inclusion must be intentional: it is not guaranteed by strong economic growth, democratic elections, or even altruism. And it must be supported through both informal institutions including families and communities, as well as formal ones such as markets and states.

The researchers of the Inclusion Economics network ask how policy can promote inclusive and accountable states, markets, and societies; and how citizens – including the vulnerable and marginalized – can gain influence to make political and economic systems more responsive to their needs, both now and in the future. 

Drawing insights from various disciplines, Inclusion Economics research focuses on a set of linked activities:

  • Innovative data collection to identify who is failing to access resources they need, and the invisible social and power structures that constrain opportunity.
  • High-quality researchto understand how to promote and sustain inclusive and accountable institutions.
  • Close engagement with stakeholders ranging from government officials and local researchers to marginalized individuals to ensure research addresses policy-relevant questions and provides timely insights.  
  • Communication of data-driven insights to shape narratives and understanding on inclusion.

Inclusion Economics Nepal (IEN) works closely with the wider Inclusion Economics network: Inclusion Economics at Yale University, Inclusion Economics India Centre, and exploratory engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Inclusion Economics Nepal Team